Brother’s Quiet Work Time


Recently, I implemented a new “Quiet Work Time” for Brother.


He wakes up from his afternoon nap earlier than his younger brothers, so I tried to think of something independent, productive and quiet that he could do until his brothers woke up.


This is one of the activities he does during “Quiet Work Time”.


I found the abacus at the thrift store (didn’t even notice the missing rod until Charming pointed it out!), the number chart on Amazon and the arithmetic workbook at the dollar store.


Then I taught Brother how to “read” addition problems in his workbook.


And how to transfer the problems onto the beads of the abacus to find the solutions.  After that, he wrote the answers in his workbook (using the number chart to remind him how to write any numbers he’d forgotten).  Finally, I asked him to “read” each completed problem to me outloud to check his work.


Since teaching math to a preschooler is brand new to me, I was relieved when he took to it right away and loved rotating through all the rods of different colored beads.  :)


And I loved watching him work.


I am always amazed at what a dedicated worker and student he is.

Great job, Brother!

Paid in full

I’m not sure if y’all remember, but exactly four years ago, we purchased this house that we continue to love.

At that time in 2008, we didn’t know we were sitting at the very tippy top of the rise in housing prices.  And when it took eight months to sell our old house as housing prices steadily fell, we made a decision to stick with it.  We discussed foreclosing on the old house and walking away, but Charming counseled us to take the loss and pay it all back.  And I’m so glad we did.

Gratefully, we found a buyer for our old home and were miraculously able to take out three substantial loans to pay for our losses in selling it.

That all happened in October of 2008, which was almost three-and-a-half years ago.

And we can hardly believe it, but we’ve paid it all off!

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Just this last week, on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, (the exact four-year anniversary for purchasing this home) my husband walked into Key Bank and paid the remaining balance of our last extra mortgage.

If you had told us back in 2008 that we would be able to pay off our debts so quickly while also providing for a growing family of five, we would have had a very hard time believing it.

But we did.  And we didn’t do it alone!

I know Heavenly Father blessed us.  He blessed us to be able to do it.  And He blessed us to learn to rely on Him to be able to do it.

And by experiencing the last three-and-a-half years, we know as Nephi did “that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them”. (1 Nephi 3:7)

So, when we tried to heed His commandment to be honest and pay our debts, He prepared a way for it to happen.

Thank you, Heavenly Father.  Thank you very much!